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Probation and Parole
In Need of a Big Fix?
Last Featured: 3/6/2006

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Over four million convicted criminals are on probation or parole in the United States. The number is likely to grow due to strict sentencing laws, over-crowded prisons and the desire of cash-strapped states to reduce the number of incarcerated inmates. Unfortunately, the antiquated system with severely understaffed and poorly trained probation officers can't keep up with the workload. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at state systems of probation and parole and ask: What's the best way to reduce recidivism, rehabilitate convicts and safeguard the public?

Interview with Jeremy Travis
Host Margot Adler talks with criminal justice expert Jeremy Travis about probation, parole and prisoner reentry.

Jeremy Travis is president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He was formerly affiliated as a senior fellow with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. From 1994-2000, Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry.

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Report from Massachusetts
Reporter Francesca Rheannon takes us to Massachusetts to find out what the job of a parole officer is like.

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Debate on the Issue
Probation officer Barbara Broderick debates prison policy analyst Amy Solomon about parole, probation and where, how and how well they fit into today's criminal justice system.

Barbara Broderick is the vice president of the American Probation and Parole Association and the chief probation officer of the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department in Arizona. Hers is the sixth largest probation department in the United States with over 1,200 employees and a budget of $50 million. Ms. Broderick has been involved with the development and expansion of drug courts and substance abuse treatment and the development of probation performance measures in her current home state.

Amy L. Solomon is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute, where she works to link the research activities of the Justice Policy Center to the policy and practice arenas. Her primary areas of concentration include prisoner reentry and problem-solving approaches to community safety. She recently co-authored the report Does Parole Work? Analyzing the Impact of Postprison Supervision on Rearrest Outcomes.

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Interview with Parolees
Host Margot Adler speaks with JoAnne Page, president and CEO of the Fortune Society, and with several former prisoners now living at the Fortune Academy about their experiences upon reentering society.

JoAnne Page is the president and CEO of the Fortune Society, one of the oldest and most established ex-offender advocacy and service organizations in the country. Under the leadership of Ms. Page, the Fortune Society has helped thousands of ex-offenders find jobs and develop the resources they need to lead productive lives.

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